For 4th year Graphic Design’s “Banned” exhibition and sale of letterpress posters on censorship, I looked into the temporary closure of Britain and Europe’s first underground newspaper. In 1969, The International Times was raided by police and charged with “conspiracy to corrupt public morals” for publishing a section for gay personal ads in its back pages. The newspaper was convicted in 1972 and then temporarily shut down.

The lower case type design for the poster is inspired by the newspaper’s logotype and a font found on the cover of the 1971 Gay Liberation Front manifesto.

Extended into a full type specimen, the vocabulary of the ads is contrasted with excerpts from an article published in The International Times after the police raid, detailing the resulting charges.